Occupational Therapy Assistant

The Anoka Technical College associate in applied science (AAS) degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) is a 71-credit, two-year associate in applied science degree.

Course work includes:
  • MnTC/general education courses
  • Occupational therapy theory and skill building courses
  • On-the-job experiences at various fieldwork sites.

Fall 2015 Application accepted March 23- March 27, 2015.

  • Completed application packets are accepted during published application periods. Published dates are subject to extension if programs seats remain unfilled.
  • Please be sure to follow admissions guidelines - incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • Submit completed application packets in person to Enrollment Services Office, Room 117.
  • Applicant will be notified of their application status in April.

 Important Dates and Information
 OTA  Program Information Sessions
 Date
Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at 6p.m. in Auditorium B

 Application Dates

Fall 2015:

Applications will be accepted starting March 23, 2015, at 8:00a.m. through March 27, 2015, at Noon. All complete applications submitted prior to the deadline will be reviewed.

TEAS Test Prep

TEAS Test Prep will be offered January 7 - March 4, 2015

Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5-8p.m.

Prequisites

Test requirements must be completed before admission into the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

1. A score of 86 or higher in Sentence Skills on the new student assessment within the past two years OR successful completion with a grade of B or better in Basic English 0101 within the past two years.

2. A score of 78 or higher in Reading Comprehension on the new student assessment within the past 2 years OR successful completion with a grade of B or better in Basic Reading 0900 within the past two years.

3. A score of 81 or higher in Arithmetic Skills on the new student assessment within the past two years OR successful completion with a grade of B or better in Basic Math 0801 within the past two years.

4. Successfully complete Test of Essential Academic Skills, version V, requirement (TEAS V). Adjusted individual Total Score of 50% or higher on the TEAS test, version V only. There is a cost associated with the test. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay this fee.  

See Credits:

COTA1000 Introduction to Occupational Therapy is a pre-requisite for all other OTA program courses.

All required coursework must be successfully completed before participating in Level 2 Fieldwork experiences.

*1 The prerequisite to this course is HLTH1005, Anatomy and Physiology.

*2 The prerequisite to this course is PSYC1605, Abnormal Psychology or taken concurrently.

*3 The prerequisite to this course is COTA1220, Pediatric Principles

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Background Study

State law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and/or residents at a health care facility have a background study conducted by the state. A student who is disqualified as a result of a background check will not be allowed to enter the program major. A student must receive a “Background Study Clearance” within 90 days preceding the start of clinical or fieldwork courses to be placed at a partnering facility. Any student failing to receive clearance will be disqualified from enrollment in the course. Arrests, charges, or convictions of criminal offenses may cause a student to fail a background study. If a student is disqualified, the student has the right to request reconsideration of the disqualification. It is the responsibility of the student to request consideration by the MN Department of Health Commissioner if he or she chooses to do so. An applicant is considered to be disqualified while in the reconsideration process.

Credits

 TOTAL CREDITS
71
 Technical Education Requirements

 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 COMP 1004  Electronic Health Records
2
 COTA 1000  Introduction to Occupational Therapy
4
 COTA 1100  Therapeutic Modalities I
3
 1COTA 1150  Therapeutic Modalities II
3
 1COTA 1220  Pediatric Principles & Techniques
4
 1COTA 1255  Physical Dysfunction Principles & Techniques I
3
 COTA 1370  Special Topics in Occupational Therapy
2
 COTA 2001  Organization and Administration of an Activity Program
2
 4COTA 2010  Level 1 Fieldwork
2
 COTA 2011  Fieldwork Seminar I
1
 2COTA 2205  Psychosocial Dysfunction Principles & Techniques
5
 3COTA 2255  Psychosocial Dysfunction Principles & Techniques II
3
 COTA 2410  Level 2 Fieldwork in Psychosocial Setting
6
 COTA 2420  Level 2 Fieldwork in Rehabilitation Setting
6
 COTA 2450  Fieldwork Seminar II
1
 HLTH 1005  Anatomy & Physiology  4
 HLTH 1010  Medical Terminology  1
 TOTAL   52
 
 General Education/MnTC Requirements

Nineteen (19) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Student is required to take:
 ENGL 1105  Composition I
4
      OR  
 ENGL 2105  English and Technical Writing
4
 PSYC 1405  Lifespan Human Development
4
 PSYC 1505  General Psychology
4
 PSYC 1605  Abnormal Psychology
4
 SPCH 1200  Interpersonal Communications
3
      OR  
 SPCH 1500  Intercultural Communications
3
 TOTAL    19
 

Full-Time Sequence

 FULL-TIME Sequence
 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 COTA 1000  Introduction to Occupational Therapy
4
 COTA 1100  Therapeutic Modalities I
3
 HLTH 1005  Anatomy & Physiology
4
 HLTH 1010  Medical Terminology
1
 TOTAL  
12
 
 Spring Semester
 1COTA 1150  Therapeutic Modalities II
3
 1COTA 1220  Pediatric Principles & Techniques
4
 1COTA 1255  Physical Dysfunction Principles & Techniques I
3
 COTA 2001  Organization and Administration of an Activity Program
2
 PSYC 1405  Lifespan Human Development
4
 TOTAL  
16
 Summer Semester
 COMP 1004  Electronic Health Records
2
 ENGL 1105  Composition I
4
      OR  
 ENGL 2105  English and Technical Writing
4
 PSYC 1505  General Psychology
4
 SPCH 1200  Interpersonal Communications
3
      OR  
 SPCH 1500  Intercultural Communications
3
 TOTAL  
13
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
 COTA 1370  Special Topics in Occupational Therapy
2
 4COTA 2010  Level 1 Fieldwork
2
 COTA 2011  Fieldwork Seminar I
1
 2COTA 2205  Psychosocial Dysfunction Principles & Techniques
5
 3COTA 2255  Psychosocial Dysfunction Principles & Techniques II
3
 PSYC 1605  Abnormal Psychology
4
 TOTAL  
17
 Spring Semester
 COTA 2410  Level 2 Fieldwork in Psychosocial Setting
6
 COTA 2420  Level 2 Fieldwork in Rehabilitation Setting
6
 COTA 2450  Fieldwork Seminar II
1
 TOTAL  
13

Although the general education courses are listed in the sequence above, the courses may be taken any semester and in any order.

Accreditation

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Anoka Tech is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, phone 301-652-6611, extension 2914.

Certification

Certification Exam

Graduates of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program will be eligible to take the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion, graduates will be Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA).

Most states, including Minnesota, also require licensure in order to practice occupational therapy. However, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to take the NBCOT certification exam or attain state licensure.

Pass Rates on the National Certification Exam

The total number of graduates who passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination as first-time, new graduate test takers in 2010-2012 was 45 out of 51, which is a pass rate of 88 percent. During that three-year time period, the program had 62 graduates.

In 2013, NBCOT reports Anoka Technical College pass rate at 96%.

Within one year.

For more information on pass rates, visit: http://www.nbcot.org/school-performance or acoteonline.com.

Licensure

Minnesota Law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a health care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health, have a background study conducted by the state. An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement in a Minnesota licensed health care facility. The college will withdraw any student from the program who is disqualified by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The student is responsible for requesting the MDH commissioner to reconsider the disqualification.

Fieldwork

In the second year of the program, each student will participate in two Level I Fieldwork during fall semester and two Level II Fieldwork during spring semester. These experiences will be assigned from a wide variety of facilities including outstate and local hospitals, extended care facilities , school districts, day treatment centers, residential facilities and other community agencies.

Enrollment in the fieldwork classes may be limited due to the availability of fieldwork sites. No out of state fieldwork experiences will be arranged. Students may be expected to travel up to 50 miles due to availability of fieldwork sites.

Before starting the Level II Fieldwork , all required course work of the OTA program must be completed with a minimum grade of a "C," and the student must have a 2.0 grade point average. Level II fieldwork must be completed within 12 months of completing the required academic coursework.

Prior to these experiences, the student will:

  • Complete a Health Information sheet
  • Sign a Hepatitis B form
  • Receive a Mantoux test (a positive result requires a chest x-ray)
  • Complete a background study
  • Other items as assigned

Prior to starting the Level I Fieldwork, the student will:

  • Secure a current CPR for the healthcare worker card.

An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in the fieldwork experiences.

Transportation to fieldwork facilities will be the responsibility of each student. Some of the facilities may be reached by public transportation.

Students are expected to be professional regarding their attitude, behavior, and appearance. The student will be required to get a student I.D. card and carry professional liability insurance. Student professional liability insurance will be purchased by the group at the start of the second year of the program.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

Industry Information

Young or old, we all have a job to do–the job of living. Learning, growing, playing, working, managing our homes, and caring for our families and ourselves are among the “occupations” of life.

Sometimes physical, emotional, or other challenges prevent people from participating fully in the job of living. Stroke, injury, depression, and developmental disabilities, for example, can make it difficult for people to do everyday tasks or be as active and as independent as they’d like.

Occupational therapy, a vibrant, growing profession,makes it possible for people to regain independence and to enjoy life to its fullest. By choosing a career in occupational therapy, you will make a difference. You will improve the lives of children, young people, and adults alike.

Occupational therapy assistants work with the supervision of registered occupational therapists to provide hands-on services to children and adults who are learning new ways to succeed in the occupations of life. Students today can look forward to dynamic careers working in varied settings with people of all ages. Many practitioners help children thrive in the “occupations” of childhood – learning, playing, and growing. Some work in schools with students who have learning disabilities or behavioral problems. Others work with children who have cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, and other disabilities.

Practitioners also work with individuals in their homes, community centers, rehabilitation hospitals, and nursing homes. In these settings, they may support people with traumatic injuries, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, or mental health problems.

OTA Refresher Course

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Anoka Technical College and the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at St. Catherine University have partnered to develop a refresher course for occupational therapy assistants.

The course consists of six online learning modules and one face-to-face weekend meeting. In Minnesota you may renew licensure that has lapsed more than four years by completing the 7 Module OTA Refresher Course which has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Health.

In addition to the refresher course, you must also meet other continuing education requirements as noted in the state regulations.Those regulations can be found a the Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statues Web site.

If you are practicing in a state other than Minnesota you will need to check with your state regulatory board for specific requirements. Individuals can also choose to take one or more of the modules for continuing education.

This is the first Occupational Therapy Assistant refresher course in Minnesota; it has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Health.

For more detail and registration information, visit www.stkate.edu/ce.

Wages/Outlook/Advancement

Faculty

Brenda Brandt M.ED.,COTA/L
Program Director
763-576-4155

Award

AAS Degree

Start

Fall: August

Contact

Brenda Brandt M.ED.,COTA/L
Program Director
763-576-4155

Forms

Occupational Therapy Assistant Application Form
“The Occupational Therapy Assistant teachers at Anoka Technical College genuinely care. If you talk to them [about your unique situation], they will work with you so you can keep learning. They are truly invested in making sure each of their students is the best he or she can be, which is why employers want Anoka Tech graduates.”